Momma would be so proud of us this year.
For one, Team Momma knocked it out of the park last year raising over $10,000 for Komen NYC to help in the fight against breast cancer. She looked forward to fundraising every year, and she was darn good at it. We carry on that legacy with this team.
She'd be proud of me too. Now that I have turned 31, I am 9 years shy of when my mom was first diagnosed with breast cancer at age 40. This meant for me that it is time to take control of my health and do everything I can to not follow the same challenging path as my mom. I have yearly breast exams, I was tested for the BRCA gene (negative!), and I am now a patient at a premier cancer hospital in New York City to undergo high risk screening at a Breast Cancer speciality clinic. I am going to kick cancer's butt before it has the chance to even get close to mine. My mom is cheering me on for this one.
Mom is jumping for joy over my brother's scholarship to law school, and his 4.0 GPA after his first semester. Mom is thrilled that her nephew Chad has his own apartment now. She is relieved that her brother is sweet as ever, and ever a fighter in all of the battles that he faces. She's forever grateful that her mother, at 91, is still vibrant and lively as ever. She loves that Dad is using his retirement to enjoy time with his family in Texas. She misses Kathy in Texas, but man, she loves that big beautiful house of hers. She's so happy that all of my friends are kicking butt in their careers, and she's enjoying everyone growing up. She loved seeing my husband and I bring together two families, on a very, very special day this June.
Notice that she is still present in all of these moments. She is still here, feeling these accomplishments. And we are here as well, taking up her cause and her fight, and taking to the streets of New York City with Komen NYC on September 10, 2017.
The Race is one day a year, but for women and families dealing with breast cancer, the fight is every day. Finding a cure is an ongoing effort.
Year by year, story by story, and dollar by dollar, the efforts of fundraisers save lives. We help tens of thousands of New Yorkers. The money we raise delivers food to women in treatment, offers transportation to chemo, and provides screenings. It also helps fund more research, reduce disparities, and find the cures.
I need your support… We all need your support. Please give generously, every dollar counts! Let’s race towards one goal: no one should die from breast cancer.
Join me, and together, we WILL create more survivors!